Power of Attorney

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Obtaining a Power of Attorney in Massachusetts

There are four types of Power of Attorneys. Your choice will depend on how much authority you wish to grant your agent, when he or she will begin acting for you, and when you want that authority terminated.

The four types of Powers of Attorney in Massachusetts are:

  • Limited Power of Attorney — for a limited time period
  • General Power of Attorney — allows someone to take over generally
  • Durable Power of Attorney — begins after you become incapacitated
  • Springing Power of Attorney — effective if you become incapacitated and defining what events constitute the state of incapacitation

An experienced attorney at our firm can go over these types of POA with you so that you can make an informed decision about your Power of Attorney.

A Power of Attorney allows you to appoint another to act for you when you are unable to do so.

The person you wish to act in your behalf becomes your “Agent” or “Attorney-in-Fact.” He or she may be authorized to do very simple tasks such as writing checks for you or very complex jobs such as selling your house or running your business. The Power of Attorney can also be of very general nature, giving your Agent the authority to do everything you would normally do or it can be for one specific purpose or task only, such as selling a property or vehicle.

You can name anyone to be your Agent in the Power of Attorney. Most often, it’s a trusted family member or friend.

Do You Need a Power of Attorney (POA) in Massachusetts?

There’s more to estate planning than just establishing who is going to get your money and property through a will or trust. You may need someone to oversee your legal or business affairs if you become unable to do so through illness, disability, of some other form of incapacitation. Our attorneys can assist you in drawing up such a document to specifically fit your needs.

If you need a Power of Attorney in Massachusetts, contact Simmons & Schiavo. Our attorneys concentrate in estate planning matters and serve the Greater Boston and Boston’s North Shore region including the communities of Everett, Revere, Chelsea, Somerville, Cambridge, Medford, Arlington, Winchester, Woburn, Burlington, Stoneham, Melrose, Wakefield, Saugus, Lynn, Peabody, Salem, Marblehead, Swampscott, Middlesex County and Essex County, Massachusetts.